Sonny Hallett: Why the crisis in autistic mental health should matter to all of us
In the final contribution to CommonSpace’s week of special coverage on the mental health crisis, Sonny Hallett, chair of AMASE (Autistic Mutual Aid Society Edinburgh) and co-author of a recent report on autism and mental health services, explains why things need to change so services “account for difference and diversity”
Chris Ballance: Better mental health must mean taking back control of our own lives
CommonSpace reader and former arts & mental health charity organiser, Chris Ballance contributes to our special week of coverage on the mental health crisis.
I SEE TWO categories of mental dis-ease. Like types 1 & 2 diabetes, one is inbuilt, arising from some chemical or physical failing of the body; the other grows from pressures put on us by life (and lifestyle). Type 1 requires pharmaceutical intervention. Type 2 requires person-centred non-medical support, though may also require acute short-term pharma intervention, in its most extreme forms.
Older people and mental health: Is 'tackling loneliness' enough?
CommonSpace journalist Rhiannon J Davies takes a look at older people and mental health issues, a conversation that is often forgotten.
“IT’S the loneliness,” says Mandy, 62, based in Clydesdale. “When you’re in a room on your own and you sit and start to think ‘why bother washing the dishes; who’s going to see it? Why wash my hair today – it can wait another couple of days yet.”
Scott Macdonald: The gauntlet of shame that is life in modern Britain can be overcome
Scott Macdonald, social media organiser for the SSP, contributes to our special week of coverage on the mental health crisis. He argues that precarity and isolation are the products of a social system that is not socialist enough.
THERE is a harmful, shameful sense that your value as a person is how desirable you are. In this atomised and broken society, you’re not alone in feeling put on. Throughout our lives, we run through a gauntlet of shame - of always feeling like less than our fullest selves.
Angela Haggerty: Why your fear of 'going crazy' may mean you’re the most sane person in the world
Angela Haggerty, journalist and former CommonSpace editor, contributes to our special week of coverage on the mental health crisis, drawing on her own experience to question whether what is deemed mental illness can sometimes be a rational reaction to a world gone mad.
IF YOU’RE anything like me you’ll vividly remember the aftermath of Donald Trump’s US presidential election.
Podcast: Interview with Darren McGarvey - Men, masculinity and mental health
As part of CommonSpace's week of coverage on the modern mental health crisis, we spoke to Darren 'Loki' McGarvey about men, masculinity and mental ill-health
WHAT are the causes and consequnces of the mental health crisis among men?
CommonSpace reporter David Jamieson discusses some of the issues with Orwell Prize winning writer and Scottish rapper Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey.
Dale Todd: There is progress being made in tackling the mental health crisis
Dale Todd, a positive psychology practitioner based in Glasgow and CommonSpace reader, gives his take on CommonSpace’s special week of coverage on the mental heallth crisis. You can give yours by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
'How do we make the next generation of men better?': Masculinity and mental health
The reasons for different experiences of mental ill-health between men and women are complex and speak to deeper problems in the structure of society, David Jamieson finds
THE PROBLEM has become one of statistical familiarity. In 2017, of the 680 suicides registered in Scotland, 522 were males and 158 female.
The picture is complicated. Women are far more likely to go to their GP to seek help for common mental health problems like depression and anxiety. Around twice as likely, with men around three times more likely to resort to suicide.